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Old 09-12-2020, 08:26 PM
 
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I feel horrible for you- you move to a place thats so green but the fires have severely diminished that.


Is there a general idea where you might go? Might you build in the same area knowing its not likely to burn more more again soon or is it too risky? ia



I believe as you get closer to the coast the chances of fire are substantially less . On the California page some mention moving to the Midwest but the winters are brutal. Some say Denver but it has worse traffi than any city in Oregon and it gets over 90 during much of the summer.




I do believe in climate change and this warming may continue to be an issue. I bought some land on the Columbia River in Skamokawa Washington - where it averages about 90 inches a year and figured it was safe from fire and while it is compared to most of the state, the past 45 days have been extremely dry. No guarantees however that area is lovely at the present.


What are your thoughts?
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Old 09-12-2020, 08:30 PM
 
Location: Willamette Valley, Oregon
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We've heard of people from the upper McKenzie River drainage staying in motels in Eugene. They are getting FEMA vouchers to help cover the cost.
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Old 09-12-2020, 08:43 PM
 
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That's nice- what about long range plans?
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Old 09-12-2020, 08:46 PM
 
Location: Willamette Valley, Oregon
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That's nice- what about long range plans?

Great question, I have no idea. I presume that when things settle down, they will return and assess damage, insurance claims, start clean up, ect. They will be very busy for the foreseeable future.
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Old 09-13-2020, 12:49 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Long range plans people will stay (if they can afford it)

Families, jobs, friends, familiarity...

CA has been dealing with it for decades.

This is a very rare, but not unexpected event. Likened to a hurricane or tornado.

Should be good for my Defensible Space business. It is really difficult to get west side people to take Defensible Space seriously. Insurance companies will require it, and I expect soon there will be a ranking status for each home. CA burn areas have had enormous increases in insurance rates.

Building more fire resistant homes and landscape will be required. That will price people out who want to stay.
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Old 09-13-2020, 12:19 PM
 
Location: North Idaho
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More rain doesn't stop wild fire unless the rain is evenly distributed all year round. In the west, all "more rain" does is to grow lots of underbrush which then dries out over the summer, providing fuel for fires.
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Old 09-13-2020, 12:40 PM
 
Location: Salem, OR
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If we would bury our power lines, then we could reduce the risk of fires substantially.
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Old 09-19-2020, 10:35 PM
 
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If we would bury our power lines, then we could reduce the risk of fires substantially.
and ban fireworks. I think they're the next thing to be banned, and they should be. idiots can't be trusted w/them, and like many things, unfortunately we have to ban them to keep the idiots from using them.
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Old 09-21-2020, 04:20 AM
 
Location: Oregon, formerly Texas
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and ban fireworks. I think they're the next thing to be banned, and they should be. idiots can't be trusted w/them, and like many things, unfortunately we have to ban them to keep the idiots from using them.
Yes!

I've been saying this ever since the 2017 Gorge fire.

Heck, when I was a kid we didn't do anything good with fireworks. We would fire roman candles at each other, etc... Well now that stuff would cause fires for sure. Lucky we didn't cause any when I was a kid.
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Old 09-22-2020, 01:32 PM
 
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and ban fireworks. I think they're the next thing to be banned, and they should be. idiots can't be trusted w/them, and like many things, unfortunately we have to ban them to keep the idiots from using them.
What's next, lighters?

Make matches illegal after that!






Banning fireworks is a ****ing stupid idea and won't solve any problems. People can (and do) still start fires.
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